ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church

20th Sunday after Pentecost —October 26th 2014


Opening Hymn: CW 225  “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made”       

Please stand.

M:  The grace of our Lord Jesus + Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.                                                                             C:  And also with you.

M:  We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve Him as His dear children.  But we have disobeyed Him and deserve only His wrath and punishment.  Therefore, let us confess our sins to Him and plead for His mercy.

C:  Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth.  In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child.  But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love.  Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.

M:  God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins.  By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has removed your guilt forever.  You are His own dear child.  May God give you strength to live according to His will.                                C:  Amen.

M:  In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

C:  (sings) Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in Him.  Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.  Your faithfulness continues forever.  Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in Him.

M:  Let us pray.  Almighty God, in Your bountiful goodness keep us safe from every evil of body and soul.  Make us ready, with cheerful hearts, to do whatever pleases You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (sings)  Amen.                                                Please be seated

First Lesson:  Isaiah 5:1-7

I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyardon a fertile hillside. He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit. “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad? Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled. I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it.” The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

Psalm of the Day:  Psalm 118—page 108 in Christian Worship (CW)


SECOND LESSON: Philippians 3:12-21

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.


Verse of the Day Alleluia.  I will proclaim Your name to my people; in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.”  Alleluia.  (Hebrews 2:12).


C:  (sings) Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


Holy Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’[h]? 43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.


M: These are God’s Words.                            C: (sings) Praise be to you, O Christ!         

Please be seated.

Hymn of the Day CW 203  “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word”


Apostles’ Creed:  I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Please be seated.

Offering Hymn: CW 485v.1,2 “We Give Thee but Thine Own”

Prayer of the Church and Lord’s Prayer:

M:  Lord God, our maker and preserver, we praise and thank you for all that you give us day after day.

C:  We are not worthy of all the mercies you show us.

M:  You have given us your precious Word to nourish our souls and to protect us from the temptations of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature.

C:  We thank you for those who teach and preach your saving truth at this place and everywhere.  Grant them a rich measure of patience, wisdom, and love.

M:  Heavenly Father, we pray that you shield us from every kind of danger:  sudden catastrophe, terrors of crime, and the pain of disease.  Watch over those who travel by land, sea, and air.  Keep our loved ones from whatever perils may threaten them.

C:  Heal those who are sick, cheer those who are sad, calm those who are distressed, and comfort all who are old and infirm.

M:  Bless our land, our people, and those who hold offices of high trust.  Keep our government and schools upright and strong for the advancement of good citizenship and useful vocations, that we may enjoy your gifts of peace, security, and well-being.

C:  Grant your blessing to every nation on earth.  Where there are wars, may there be peace.  Where there is hatred, let it be healed.  Where there is poverty, danger, or disaster, come with your almighty power to help and restore.

M:  Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.    Silent prayer.

M:  We bring these requests before you in the name of Jesus our Lord, and ask you to hear us.  Take all that we have, our bodies and minds, our time and skills, our ministries and offerings, and use them to your glory.

C:  We give ourselves to you that we may serve you in whatever way is pleasing in your sight.  Amen.                          Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.   Please be seated

Hymn: CW 281  “God Has Spoken By His Prophets”                        Please stand.

M:  O Lord God, our heavenly Father, pour out the Holy Spirit on your faithful people.  Keep us strong in your grace and truth, protect and comfort us in all temptation, and bestow on us your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.                    C:  (sings)  Amen.

M:  Brothers and sisters, go in peace.  Live in harmony with one another.  Serve the Lord with gladness.  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look on you with favor and + give you his peace.

C: (sings) Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

Closing Hymn:  CW 319   “On My Heart Imprint Your Image”


Contact Info.:  Pastor Josh Hillmann  Office# – 223-4250    Cell# – (308) 870-4387

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*November church calendars are in your church boxes.

*Fellowship opportunity today at NELHS for the Fall Auction and Concert.

*Lutheran Ladies mtg.  Nov. 4th @ 7pm

*November Council Mtg. will be Tuesday Nov. 11th at 7pm????????????????????????

*Circuit Reformation Festival next Sunday afternoon 4pm @ St. Paul-Plymouth

B-days &  Anniv. – Will & Laura Rosenboom (10/26); Tiffany Schroeder (10/29); Emily Carrel (11/1)